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 Guangxi shares a 1,020-kilometre border with Vietnam and has a 1,595-kilometre coastline along the Beibuwan Gulf. Most areas of Guangxi province are still lagging behind the nation's economic development. However, its intact and aesthetic scenery offers you an unforgettable experience. Guilin, as well as its nearby area of Yangshuo is Guangxi's best tourist destination. Both places are characterized by karst limestone formations.

Guangxi has a population of 45 million, with only a quarter of them living in urban areas. Throughout history, Guangxi often witnessed conflicts between different ethnic tribes and was the scene of several rebellions. The Taiping Tianguo Uprising (1850-1864) originated in Guangxi. Nanning, literally "South Peace", did not see peace until the Sino-Vietnam War ceased in 1979. Now the provincial capital has made considerable progress and is the right place to check how rapidly China has developed. There are also several sights around Nanning recommended for a visit. The Detian Waterfall is the second largest cross-border waterfall in the world and the Yiling Cave offers the best image formed by karst formations.
 
 
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  SANJIANG  area
 
Sanjiang City GPS: 25.78319, 109.60767
The region of Sanjiang and Chengyang villages, north of Guangxi, offers an incredible diversity of encounters with the Dong people through small villages containing many traditional, religious and historical buildings, which have been feeding since always Chinese legends.  
 

Chenyang   程阳   GPS: 25.89708, 109.64388
Chengyang is a district consisting of eight villages, located 4–5 hours from Guilin, in the Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County of Guangxi province of China.
It is known for its "Folk Custom Centre" and the Chengyang Bridge, a covered bridge known locally as a "wind and rain bridge" due to the protection it offers from the weather.
 
       
  Chenyang village   程阳 GPS: 25.89708, 109.64388
Chengyang Dong Village, bordered by the Lingxi River, is home to one of Dong’s most impressive wind and rain bridges (Yongji Bridge), now a historic monument. According to Chinese myth, it was built in the early twentieth century, in honor of a Dragon who would have saved a woman fallen into the river by wanting to cross. The Dong architecture of the village is remarkable..
       
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  GUILIN area
 
Guilin   桂林市   GPS: 25.25528, 110.28054
Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China, Guilin is considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the natural beauty and historic treasures. Covering an area of about 27,800 square kilometers (10,734 square miles), the city is rather compact when compared with other major travel destinations in the country.
 
  Guilin City   桂林市 GPS: 25.25528, 110.28054
Guilin is a city in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. At its center are 2 lakes, Shanhu (Cedar) and Ronghu (Banyan), remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city. On Shanhu Lake’s shore, twin pagodas, the Sun and Moon, light up the sky at night.
       
  Reed Flute Cave   芦笛岩 GPS: 25.30513, 110.2727
The Reed Flute Cave, also known as "the Palace of Natural Arts” is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.

Li River   漓江   GPS: 25.14935, 110.43283
Board a regular baot and take it down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. This is one of the most popular ways to arrive in Yangshuo. The stretch of river between Guilin and Yangshuo is almost completely sheltered in by mountains on both sides. Unfortunately, the boats can only be boarded in Guilin and not Yangshuo.   
 

  LONGSHENG area
 
Longsheng    龙胜   GPS: 25.79986, 110.00906
Longsheng County is famous for its beautiful rice terraced fields and ethnic villages in mountainous areas. The well-known Longji Rice Terraced Fields were built through many generations’ hard work ever since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).   
 
  Longi terrasses   龙脊梯田 GPS: 25.75846, 110.12326
Also known as the “LongSheng,” the LongJi Rice Terraces were built by farmers almost 650 years ago. This vast area of rolling mountains are completely carved out into terraces that are divided in layers of water and rice shoots. Many say it’s the most beautiful sight in Yangshuo.
The farming villages in this area have retained much traditional culture and are welcoming foreigners.
  Huangluo / Ping'An Yaos Village   黄洛  GPS: 25.76084, 110.12877
Huangluo Yao Village is the only village of Yao minority in Longji scenic area. All the villagers, totaling just over 400, are Yao ethnic minority. One of the local traditions is to keep long hair.
In the past, local women's long hair was not supposed to be seen by others, even by their husband or children. Therefore, Yao women used a long cloth to twist and hide their hair into a knot.

  YANGSHUO area
 
Fuli village   福利镇 GPS: 24.78689, 110.55836
Fuli town, located about eight kilometers east of Yangshuo County, is a quiet old town with a history of 800 years, and particularly known as the artistic town of the area with its typical colorful fans and scroll paintings.  

Xiping village      兴坪镇    GPS: 24.91712, 110.52935
Xingping is the major starting point for the most scenic stretch of the Li River, which runs north and upstream to the small town of Yangdi. The scenery around Xingping is magnificent and you can take a walk out of town.
 

Yangshuo   阳朔县   GPS: 24.77848, 110.49659
Yangshuo  is known for its dramatic karst mountain landscape and outdoor recreation. The town is set amid pinnacles like Bilian Feng (Green Lotus Peak), which has a hiking trail to the top. Tour boats offer cruises on the Li River past picturesque countryside from the town of Guilin to the north.  
 
       
  Buddha cave GPS: na
Also called the Buddha Water Cave, it has superlative karst landforms that cover an area of 5Kms. The Cave contains a mud bath area, underground hot springs area, and the waterless scenic area. You will also get to see the most peculiar stalactites and stalagmites inside the Cave.
       
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The cave is easily explored for all travelers with a concrete path throughout. The stalagmites and stalactites are illuminated with colored lighting giving it an other-worldly feeling that children will enjoy. There are several ponds that are pristine and reflect the light like a mirror.
       
  Yangshuo village  阳朔县 GPS: 24.77848, 110.49659
Yangshuo is a small town nestled in the center of mountains that encircle it like the petals of a lotus. The small town with unique charm is crossed by the Li River. The Yangshuo market is particularly interesting and representative of Chinese craftsmanship and art. Moreover, the famous district of West Street offers a very pleasant and cheerful western atmosphere.

 
       
  Yangshuo surrounding - Moon Hill  月亮山 GPS: 24.72184, 110.47695
Moon Hill is a hill with a natural arch through it a few kilometers outside Yangshuo. It is so named for a wide, semicircular hole through the hill
It takes roughly 20 minutes to climb up to the arch (about 800 steps), or considerably longer for those who wish to reach the summit. Visitors must pay an entrance fee in order to climb the hill.


 
       
  Cormorant fishing   鸕鶿捕魚 GPS: na
Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China. This technique has also been used in other countries but is currently under threat in China.
To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat.
 

 
 
 
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